Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Vietnamese police: Border region with Cambodia is a hotbed for drug trafficking, no surprise there

Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Three regional drug squads established in Vietnam

Three new anti-heroin squads under a central Vietnamese police agency are set to be established to battle drug trafficking throughout the country.

Lieutenant-General Tran Van Thao, head of the General Department of Police on Tuesday signed a decision to establish three squads to take on trafficking routes in the northwest, north central and southwestern parts of the country.

In the first five months this year, Vietnamese police have busted four major drug gangs who brought in 2,360 heroin cakes and 1,500 kilograms of opium.

Vietnam, bordering Cambodia, is a hotbed for drug trafficking.

The country has one of the harshest drug laws in the world. Possessing, trading, or trafficking 600 grams (1.32 pounds) of heroin or 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of opium is punishable by death.

Reported by K.T.L - Translated by Hoang Bao

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